Tracking fall foliage in Ontario, Quebec and the USA

2 October 2017 Life in Ottawa

Now that it is October, the fiery reds, oranges and yellows of autumn are almost upon us! I think the fall colours are a little late this year, compared to other years. (One of many benefits of having an archive of thousands of photos taken in every season!) Whether you’re looking for a colourful foliage […]

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In which she falls in love with a Swedish author and a Swedish chocolate bar

29 September 2017 Books

I have been on a Fredrick Backman kick this year, reading A Man Called Ove and Britt-Marie Was Here and Beartown more or less in succession. Have you read any of his books? They’re quirky and warm and poignant and thoughtful – and did I mention quirky? Not to mention occasionally laugh-out-loud funny and frequently […]

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Photo of the day: Sunrise on the Rideau Canal

26 September 2017 Life in Ottawa

Sometimes, when you’re on your way to work and you see an amazing photograph in the making, ya just gotta stop the car and grab it. Like this sunrise over the Rideau Canal. In just a few days, the sun will be rising later, and a little bit more to the south. Today, though, it […]

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Saying goodbye to Papa Lou

19 September 2017 Life, the Universe and Everything

Once upon a time, whenever something of significance happened in my life, I made sense of it by blogging about it. Though I don’t blog as regularly or as intimately as I used to, I still feel the need to share a seismic shift in our lives, but each time I start to write, I […]

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A taste of summer all year long: Baked s’mores dip recipe

31 August 2017 Eating and thinking and thinking about eating

I didn’t learn about s’mores until I was an adult. We weren’t a camping family, though toasting marshmallows was an occasional but revered treat growing up. How I survived into adulthood without the melty, sticky joy of toasted marshmallows and chocolate smushed between graham crackers in my life is a mystery. I saw a variation […]

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Ottawa’s Hidden Treasures: Secret suburban sand dunes

29 August 2017 Ottawa Family Fun

Did you know that there’s a 10,000 year old sand dune hiding in a pine forest in suburban Ottawa? Neat, right? The sand dune in the Pinhey Forest is an ancient remnant of the last ice age, when what we now know as Ottawa was submerged under the great Champlain Sea. Even 100 years ago, […]

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Photos of the day: Coneflowers six ways and a rogue clematis

8 August 2017 Photo of the Day

Of all the things in nature, save for maybe PEI beaches, I think I have more photographs of coneflowers than anything else. There’s something about them, like sunflowers, that I just can’t resist. Heaven is 30 minutes in my garden on a quiet Sunday morning, creeping around them and playing with angles — and then […]

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Tomato soup

7 August 2017 Ah, me boys

Sometimes, I have an anecdote that I want to share like I did back in the day, but I don’t have a photo to go with it. Despite having my own stock library of nearly 6,000 images on Flickr alone, sometimes there just isn’t a photo that goes with the story. And sometimes, I have […]

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Ottawa Family Fun: MosaiCanada at Jacques Cartier Park

2 August 2017 Ottawa Family Fun

While La Machine might have been the most amazing street spectacle ever to visit Ottawa (no hyperbole here!) it’s not too late to visit Ottawa’s other fabulous FREE summer shows. If you’re into light shows, I hear Kontinuum and the Northern Lights show on Parliament Hill are both awesome, but we were blown away (again!) […]

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In which the family finally meets Chef Michael Smith (!) at the Village Feast

30 July 2017 Ah, me boys

If you’re a long-time blog reader, you know that as a family, we have been stalking Chef Michael Smith for about four years now. We’ve long been fans of “the world’s tallest freestanding chef” and have been visiting his Flavour Shack in Souris every year that we visit Prince Edward Island. For my birthday in […]

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